Not All Blogs That Wander Are Lost

Trees older than the written word in the California Sierras

A tree older than the written word in the California Sierras

My, how time flies! I’ve now been writing the Blonde Coyote blog for almost two years and after more than 360 posts, I’m in no danger of running out of places to go or things to say. This blog has proved the perfect venue for combining my loves for writing, photography and travel and I have no plans to slow down any time soon!

I’m always scheming and lately, I’ve been thinking about how this blog should evolve in the coming year and I’ve decided it needs to wander more, through both chronological time and geographical space.

I visitied Walden Pond in 2010 and still haven't gotten around to writing about it on the Blonde Coyote!

Thoreau’s Cabin Site! I visited Walden Pond in 2010 and still haven’t gotten around to writing about it on the Blonde Coyote!

Over the past year, my posts have been pretty linear: from buying my Teardrop trailer last March to test driving it through Utah, and along the spine of the Rockies to Wyoming, then West across Nevada to California, up the coast, then up the Cascades to British Columbia, from there to Alaska, back south through the Canadian Rockies, across the Great Plains to spend leaf season on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, then up to Vermont via Niagara Falls, my 5th Great Lake and the Adirondacks, all the way South through the Florida Everglades to Key West and then across the country again, back to New Mexico. It’s been quite the year!

The Shipwreck Coast of Lake Superior in 2010.

The Shipwreck Coast of Lake Superior in 2010.

Now, hang on tight, because we’re veering off course! I’ve been writing this blog for almost two years, but I’ve been living on the road for about seven years and I have a huge reservoir of photos and stories from places that have yet to make an appearance on the Blonde Coyote, either because I visited before June 2011 or I didn’t have the time, energy or inclination to write about them along the way: the world’s only public diamond mine in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, the Center of the Universe aka NYC, winter on the coast of Maine, the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, I could go on and on!

Self Portrait at the Devil's Tower last summer.

Self Portrait at the Devil’s Tower last summer.

I’ll still have some timely updates along the way: right now I’m in New Mexico and earlier this week, I went goat herding on horseback so stay tuned for a post on the Horned Locusts! I’ll be in the Land of Enchantment for a couple of weeks, then I’m going to the Grand Canyon, then spring in Utah, then summer in the Rockies and then fall in Ireland and Scotland! It’s gonna be another great year!

Welcome to the Wild West!

Welcome back to the Wild West!

Thanks to everybody who follows the Blonde Coyote! My mission in life is to see and experience as much of this Earth as possible and I’m thrilled to have so many enthusiastic and encouraging readers along for the ride. I hope I’ve inspired all of you to get out and explore your own corners of this awesome planet. If you have any regional or location requests, please let me know! I’ve been hiking and road tripping in all 50 states and if you’re looking for some place interesting, I probably have some ideas!

Chilling at the Cape Cod Dune Shack, also on my to-write list!

Chilling at my Cape Cod Dune Shack, also on my to-write list!

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About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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26 Responses to Not All Blogs That Wander Are Lost

  1. azsoap says:

    If you ever want to explore the Superstitions and have a home base, we would love to meet you. You can read about my family at, we are in Gilbert AZ. My favorite way to fall in love with the Superstitions is to read about it here: Browse his photos, he is amazing. (a different kind of voice, he found all of his adventure in one place).

    • Thanks, Kerry! The Superstitions are definitely on my list, but southern AZ will probably be a winter trip. I’ve actually never been south of Sedona-area! Thanks for the reblogs and the recommendations! Babb’s book sounds particularly interesting. M

  2. Krista says:

    I’m not sure how I stumbled across your blog, but I love it! It’s like a real-life road map for what I hope to be doing in this next phase of my life. And your photography is wonderful. So thank you for sharing. 🙂 I’m planning on roadtripping around the West this summer and then spending fall in Scotland and Ireland too actually, so maybe we will cross paths! Also if you’re back in Vermont before then, you’ve got a place to stay.

  3. corbin8r says:

    “…I could go on and on!” And we hope you do!

  4. Glad to hear that you are in New Mexico, although it sounds like a brief stay before you continue on to new adventures. Clifford and I were hoping to meet you, but if not this time – then another time. We are heading on a road trip next week – going up to Arches National Park. Grand Canyon was our first choice, but we didn’t get our backpacking permits submitted in time. … Looking forward to your new blogs; always love seeing your photos. I especially like the coast of Lake Superior int his post. Happy journeys! Carol

    • Hey Carol! It would be great to meet you guys. Time is flying though! I’ll send you an email. Arches is amazing, but just so you know, just today I got hiking permits for Havasu in the western Grand Canyon in early April. Are all the permits full for the National Park? You could probably get primitive trail permits (few people venture beyond the developed areas) as long as you can handle the wilder parts of the Canyon…

      • Wow! I’d love to hike at Havasu. Some of the teachers at Waldorf where I teach take their 8th graders there. I thought there was more involved to go to Havasu and I don’t know how to go about getting permits there. Not sure I have hiked enough this winter and spring to be ready for it now. The permits we put in for included some routes not on the main corridors, but we were still denied – ie the campsites we requested were full. Spring break is not the best time to try to get permits, but that is when I am free. I think we will go again in November, like we did before. Not sure about the real primitive hikes – think we need a bit more experience in the Canyon first. I will keep on eye on my email. It would be super to meet you before you head to the Grand Canyon and Utah. I’ve only been to Arches once, so I am excited about going there again.

      • Here’s the link to info on Havasu fees and permits. I have no idea why it’s on a wedding guide site, but it’s the best resource I’ve found. I called the camping reservation line yesterday and had no trouble getting permits for early April. If not for this trip, for future reference: Arches/ Moab is amazing! Check out Dead Horse Point, Fisher Towers, Castledon Tower, and the Sego Pictographs outside the park. The Devil’s Garden is my favorite Arches hike. Have fun! I’ll be there later in April.

      • Thanks for the links to Havasu. I’ll look into them. May not happen next week, but as soon as we are able. Also, thanks for the tips on what to look for at Arches. I will definitely make notes of those spots. When we were there before, it was December and the days were short, so we didn’t see as much as we wanted. It was still amazing, however.

  5. Donna says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey…I look forward to your future posts and am always so excited when I get the message you have left one out there for us to read! I came to Colorado when I was your age and never left, and now 27 years later I plan to go on the road to live, so you inspire me!

    • Thanks for reading, Donna! Colorado is one of my favorites. I plan to spend a big chunk of my summer there, climbing mountains! Whereabouts are you? Any tips? M

  6. sierrasue123 says:

    I do follow and Love you blog. Question? How do you finance your travels? Inheritance?, sales off photos? or jobs here and there? Just curious.
    I did selling at flea markets, fairs when I travelled 2 years in RV. back in 90’s.
    I am planning to get an RV again soon and to travel indefinitely. I will however need to make some money on the road. Not a lot but some .

    • Hey Sue! Thanks for reading and for asking how I pull this off! I don’t just write for fun — this is how I make my living. I’m a freelance writer. Since I can work from anywhere, instead of paying rent, I live on the road. I write mainly for EARTH magazine, between 7 and 10 stories a month, including the Travels in Geology column, with a few other jobs here and there. Here are links to two of my recent features: Setting Sail on Unknown Seas and Travels in Geology: Hike to the Burgess Shale. My background is in geology and biology (I was a self-designed evolution major in college) and I have a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins. One of these days, I’ll get myself a book deal!

      • sierrasue123 says:

        Thanks for answerring. That is great that you write for a lving. Indeed that lets you live anywhere you like !!! I am trying to find a niche to make some money on the road. My main hobby is photography but not sure if I could make much money off it. Maybe a little. I have been told I take great photos and should do something with them. Just havent figured out what !! or how!! LOL

      • Yeah, I make a little money from my photographs– selling prints and occasionally rights, but I’d be in trouble if that was my main source of income. Mainly, I illustrate my own stories. I did just print up a bunch of rodeo photos to show in a gallery in Madrid, NM, so hopefully those will do well. It’s very hard to make money as a photog these days– lots of people have nice cameras and are willing to give away the rights to their photos for free. I’m happy to donate photos to non-profit enterprises and creative projects, but I’m pretty firm about expecting money from for-profit businesses to use my photos. And they often go elsewhere and find somebody else who’s willing to let them use their images for free instead of paying me. Gotta stick to your guns! Good luck! M

  7. Dedra says:

    I would buy your book in a minute.
    Thank you for your blog.
    I’m going solo in June, to New Mexico. First time solo! Yea!

  8. Chris Major says:

    Looking forward to seeing your future posts. I’m from the uk and I love to follow your adventures, they are a world away from my own but always inspire me!

    Thank you for sharing

    • Thanks, Chris! I’m coming to your side of the pond next fall! Flying into Dublin and then ferrying across to Scotland. Any suggestions? I’m hoping to travel on foot as much as possible while I’m there.

      • Chris Major says:

        I don’t know where to begin, there’s so many great possibilities. It all depends on how much time you have and wether you wish to travel just under your own steam or are willing to hop on a train to get around. Perhaps we could meet up for a hike and I could introduce you to Eliza my little hound?
        Bex and I are always willing to offer warm meals and a bed to folks passing through.

  9. Oh man! You’re photos make me just want to get on the open road + drive!!!!!

  10. Tina says:

    So excited about reading about your previous adventures! Enjoy New Mexico ; )

  11. Rosanna says:

    What an amazing life and an incredible blog!

  12. Marie Rogers says:

    How inspiring! I need to get back on the road.

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